Earth is a big place, the Decepticons knew Megatron and the Allspark were on it somewhere. Instead of going over every square inch of the planet they started hacking computer networks to find information on the location of Megatron and the Allspark. The whole reason Barricade was even in Sam's town(which is pretty close to where he lives) is because Frenzy found the glasses on his ebay page. They found that by searching the name Witwicky which Frenzy found when he hacked Air Force One.cotss2012 wrote:5150 Cruiser wrote:Actually, if you bothered to pay attention, you'd see the hacker subplot played a key point in the first movie. The point was for the Decepticons could..
1.- Learn the location of the all spark.
2.- Learn the location of Megatron.
The Decepticons never needed to do much hacking at all: Sam and Mikaela took Frenzy straight into the Hoover Dam, though that was only possible because Sam and Evil Prowl ran into each other by accident... after hacking into Air Force One somehow led Frenzy to Sam's eBay page, which might have allowed them to access Sam's address, which would make perfect sense if Evil Prowl had been anywhere near Sam's house when they met (this is why the STORY STRUCTURE IS CRAP).
The virus that Frenzy uploaded ultimately meant nothing. The involvement of the Australian chick and her overweight friend analyzing the signal also ended up going nowhere, though they conveniently knew how to hook up a radio to a computer in such a way as to transmit Morse code for the purpose of calling in some Raptors for Starscream to tear up...
She alerted everyone when Frenzy was hacking Air Force One and convinced them to shut down the network to prevent the Decepticons from finding where Megatron and the Allspark were. If not for that Megatron would be free with the Allspark in his possession before the Autobots even got to Earth. And those Raptors shot Megatron down which gave Sam the opportunity to shove the Allspark in his chest.